Biography of Charles F. Griffin
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CHARLES FRANCIS GRIFFIN - As one of the most prominent and influential Democrats in The Bronx, Charles Francis Griffin is considered a powerful leader in political circles. Although for many years an expert printer by trade, and still an active member of the Printers' Union, of late years he has devoted all of his time and attention to political questions. He has been Democratic leader of the Seventh Assembly District since 1917, and is well and widely known as a firm believer in and an ardent advocate of the principles and tenets of his chosen party.

Charles Francis Griffin was born in the family home at No. 25 Oak Street, Manhattan, New York City, on September 10, 1868, a son of Jeremiah and Ellen (Fitzgerald) Griffin, both of whom are now deceased. The mother, Ellen (Fitzgerald) Griffin, was born in Milktown, County Kerry, Ireland, in 1834, and died in New York City, in 1916. The father, Jeremiah Griffin, was born in the city of Killarney, Ireland, in 1832, and came to the United States in the year 1849, settling in New York City, where he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring there in 1914. His first work in America was as a butcher, following which he entered the general contracting business and was very successful, becoming a recognized leader in the building of important public improvements.

Charles Francis Griffin received his early education in old Public Schools Nos. 1 and 12, of New York City, following which he entered St. James' Parochial School, on James Street, whence he was graduated with the class of 1884. He then went to work, and at the same time learned the printer's trade, which, atter he had mastered it, he continued in successfully throughout his active business life. For the past thirty years, and up to and including the present time, he has been a foremost member of the Printers' Union, Local No. 6, widely known as the "Big Six." Several years ago, however, Mr. Griffin retired from the printing business to enter real estate and insurance business, which is now conducted by his son, Charles J. Griffin, at No. 603 East Tremont Avenue, in order to be able to devote all of his time and energy to local politics. He is today a recognized Democratic leader throughout The Bronx, having been secretary of the Arthur H. Murphy Association for more than twenty years, and since Mr. Murphy's death in 1922, succeeding him as both Democratic leader of the Seventh Assembly District, and executive head of the Association. The Arthur H. Murphy Association is the leading Democratic organization of The Bronx, and numbers among its many members the leading Democrats throughout that section of the State. Fraternally, Mr. Griffin is an active and valued member of Bronx Lodge, No. 871, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Charles Francis Griffin was married, in St. James' Roman Catholic Church, New York City, on June 8,1892, by the Rev. Father John J. Kean, to Mary Frances McBride, a daughter of John McBride, who was born in the north part of Ireland, and Celina (Marchand) McBride, a native of Point Levis, Quebec, Canada. Charles Francis and Mary Frances (McBride) Griffin are the parents of four children, as follows: 1. Charles J., of whom further mention. 2. Edward John, born April 23, 1895. 3. Celina A., born May 27, 1902. 4. Ellen Veronica, born on August 5, 1904.

The eldest son, Charles J. Griffin, born on March 22, 1893, served with distinction in the late World War. He enlisted as a member of the 107th Infantry, 27th Division, Major General John O'Ryan commanding, and spent nearly a year in intensive training at Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Upon accompanying his unit to France he saw active service at Mt. Kemel, Dickebusch, and Dickebusch Lake Sectors, and also participated in the drive which broke the famous Hindenburg Line. During this historic drive, Mr. Griffin was severely wounded in the shoulder by enemy machine gun fire, and was invalided to England for hospitalization. He recovered, rejoined his regiment in France, and returned with the division to the United States in March, 1919, and was honorably discharged from Federal service in April, 1919. Today he is a member of the Association of the Veterans of the 7th Regiment, New York National Guard, and of the Arthur H. Murphy Association. His brother, Edward John Griffin, also gave able service to his country during the World War, enlisting as a member of the 107th Infantry, 27th Division, Major General John O'Ryan commanding. His war record is identical with his brother, Charles J. Griffin; they fought in the same sectors in France, and were discharged at the same time, the only difference being Edward J. received but a slight wound from schrapnel. They both belong to the same regiment, and the Arthur H. Murphy Association.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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